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Separated from Nice by a few wooded hills, Villefranche-sur-Mer is a fishing village overlooking one of the deepest natural harbours in the Mediterranean. Coupled with magical views, this harbour has allowed Villefranche-sur-mer to be favoured by cruise ships and expensive private yachts alike. The picturesque village was brought to the spotlight by numerous celebrities and artists who frequently made it a temporary home in past decades, but before glamour reached this quiet part of the Côte d'Azur, naval powers, both modern and ancient, had made good use of the deep waters in the harbour. As recently as 1966, the U.S. Sixth Fleet was based in Villefranche, and centuries earlier, Romans and Ancient Greeks also anchored here. The village itself was created in the 14th century when it was established as a "free port", hence the name, though it later became a defensive town with the construction of the Citadel under the Duchy of Savoy. Since Villefranche joined France in the 19th century, along with Nice and its surroundings, it has been transformed into a holiday destination, receiving a good share of glamour and tourism during the peak summer months.

  • Last visit to Villefranche-sur-Mer: Jul 2009
  • Intro Updated Jul 15, 2009
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  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Dec 11, 2009 at 7:28 AM

    Nice looking town! Somehow I have never been to Villefranche, though I must have gone right by it a few times.

  • icunme's Profile Photo
    Oct 13, 2009 at 8:01 AM

    Absolutely lovely - I would rather be here than Cannes. Outstanding photos and detail. Grazie, Carol

  • breughel's Profile Photo
    Jul 30, 2009 at 11:15 AM

    Read with interest your tips. How does Villefranche compare with Nice or Cannes?


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